The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the conversation between Socrates and Euthyphro begin?

2. Why didn't Socrates obtain a higher education?

3. What city was Socrates loyal to?

4. Who was Euthyphro prosecuting?

5. How did Socrates receive his sentencing?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the intended audience for Book 5?

2. What does Socrates say about his own wisdom?

3. What is included in the introductory material which prefaces the book?

4. What was the Pythagorean school of thought?

5. What is said, in Book 4, about Socrates' dream?

6. What do Socrates and Crito say about experts?

7. What is the "transmigration of souls"?

8. Why is Socrates' execution delayed?

9. How does Plato refer to himself in the Socratic dialogues?

10. Who is present at Socrates' execution?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the various scholars who contributed to "The Last Days of Socrates." What are their areas of expertise? Which portions of the text do they comment on, and why? How do they relate to the text of the dialogues? What do they challenge, or choose to explain? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Who is Meletus? Why did he choose to prosecute Socrates? What evidence did his use as a basis for his prosecution? Why did he seek the death penalty for Socrates? Was he acting on behalf of the Athenian government? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the various theories presented regarding the topic of justice. What is it? How is it achieved? How does one tell what is just? What are the necessary conditions for one to be able to do what is just? Do you agree that Socrates did what was just when he accepted his punishment? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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